ACT Election Announcements

Low interest loan scheme to support non-government schools to become more sustainable

September 22, 2020

Non-government schools in the ACT will be eligible for ACT Government backed low-interest loans to invest in sustainable upgrades to their school facilities – reducing school running costs and creating local jobs.

“Under a re-elected Labor Government, Canberra’s non-Government schools will be able to access up to $200,000 for investments such as solar panels, battery storage systems and hot water heat pumps,” ACT Labor leader Andrew Barr said.

“ACT Labor has already announced a $150 million scheme to provide zero-interest loans to Canberra households for upgrades that will cut their power bills.

"The scheme is expected to create and protect up to 1,200 jobs over the next four years.

“By extending a similar low interest scheme to non-Government schools, we will be able to create even more local jobs as part of our plan to grow the Territory’s employment base to more than 250,000 local jobs by 2025.”

ACT Labor’s spokesperson for Education Yvette Berry said that a re-elected Labor Government will continue providing $15 million for further school infrastructure grants at non-government schools - ensuring all students across Canberra have access to great school facilities.

“In addition to Labor’s $99 million public school infrastructure commitment, a re-elected Labor team will help ensure every Canberra school is a great school,” Yvette Berry said.

Further investments to support local non-Government schools under a re-elected Labor Government include:

  • Grants to parent associations of non-government schools to assist parents to be better engaged in their school community; and
  • Release of three blocks of land across the Territory for the construction of new non-government schools.

ACT Labor is committed to improving the accessibility and quality of school facilities across the Territory, providing good educational outcomes to all students in the ACT.